[RFI] WOW!!!!!!!

Hare,Ed, W1RFI w1rfi@arrl.org
Tue, 12 Mar 2002 17:38:15 -0500

One point I have made to utility companies is that power-line noise is
sometimes caused by a serious developing problem. If just once every few
years, an RFI program prevents a line from dropping on the ground, they have
justified whatever it takes to run the program.

Ed Hare, W1RFI
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jon Ogden [mailto:na9d-2@speakeasy.net]
> Sent: Saturday, March 09, 2002 10:01 AM
> To: rfi@contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [RFI] WOW!!!!!!!
> on 3/9/02 8:15 AM, Pete Smith at n4zr@contesting.com wrote:
> > Sorry that Tom had to go to the PSC, but I guess sometimes 
> it takes that.
> > As for the utility's legal obligation, if you go to the 
> ARRL TIS web site
> > you can find samples of letters the FCC has sent to various 
> utilities tht
> > spell out their obligations in the RFI area.  It's a very 
> strong position
> > to argue from.
> Not only that, but RFI is caused by an arcing situation somewhere.
> An arcing situation involves a discharge of electricity.
> Electricity spent in discharging is less they have to deliver 
> to customers.
> So it is an efficiency and cost benefit to them to fix the 
> RFI problems.
> Every little problem may not be very much in terms of power 
> grid efficiency.
> But if it is widespread, you add all those up and it most 
> certainly does
> have an impact.  These guys want to provide power with the 
> least loss of
> that power from the substation to your home.  Well, if they 
> lose some of
> that power in arcs, they are wasting some power and hence 
> losing some money.
> So there is certainly a benefit for them to fix it!
> 73,
> Jon
> NA9D
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